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Assam election from April 4
Guwahati, Mar 2 (Agencies):
Published on 2 Mar. 2011 10:25 PM IST
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Elections for 126 assembly constituencies of Assam will be held in two phase. 62 Assembly constituencies (AC) will be going to poll on April 4 and polling will be held in the remaining 64 on April 11. Of 126 ACs of Assam, 08 ACs are reserved for SC and 16 ACs are reserved for ST. The current Assam assembly will expire on May 28.
According to the revised electoral roll on 1.1.2011, more than 1 crore 80 lakh voters will vote across 23813 polling booths in this assembly election.
Elections will also be held in the states of West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Photo electoral rolls will be used during the forthcoming general elections in the four states. Photo electoral rolls won’t be used in Assam since only text rolls are ready.
Also while elector photo identity card (EPIC) is mandatory in other states, EPIC programme could not be started due to various reasons, said the Election Commission.
To ensure free and fair election poll in all the 4 (four) states and the UT of Puducherry will be conducted at all polling stations using EVMs. First level check of EVMs, that will be used in the polls in these states/UT have been done in the presence of representatives of political parties. This will be followed by a two-stage randomization of EVMs.
In the first stage, all the EVMs stored in the district storage center will be randomized by the district election officer (DEO) in the presence of the representatives of the recognized political parties for allocation, assembly constituency-wise. The second stage randomization will be done in the presence of general observers and candidates or their election agents.
The EC plans to deploy general observers in adequate number to ensure smooth conduct of elections. The observers are supposed to keep a close watch on every stage of the electoral. Their names, addresses within the district/constituency and their telephone numbers will be publicized in local newspapers. General public can approach them for any grievance redressal.
The EC has also decided to appoint of expenditure observers and assistant expenditure observers who will exclusively monitor the election expenditure of the contesting candidates.
For Greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of election expenses, candidates would be required to open a bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account.
There is a complaint redressal mechanism based on website and call center as well. Complaints can be registered by making calls to the toll free call center number or on the website.
The URL of the complaint registration website will be shortly announced for each state. Complainants will be informed of the action taken by SMS and by the call center. Complainants can also see the details of the action taken on their complaints on the website. The model code of conduct has come into effect from March 1.
The model code will apply to the whole of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal and the union government. It is applicable to all candidates, political parties, the State governments of the states and UTs undergoing election.
The EC has especially mentioned, “There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.”

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